Nature was kind to us once more in 2009. Following a wet spring, mild flowering conditions, and a cool start to summer, the weather was hot and dry from March, with no rain until after harvest.
Our “Chloe” is produced from a two acre plot located at the north-east corner of the Woodlands vineyard. The plot lies at the top of a south facing slope, and the soil is comprised of deep loam topsoil over clay. Our Chardonnay plot is the most shaded location on our vineyard, protected on the west, north and east with marri and peppermint trees. We feel that the wine is provided with excellent natural acidity from its shaded location, and rich fruit weight from deep loam soils.
On a cool morning in mid March our “Chloe” Chardonnay fruit was hand picked before being destemmed, crushed, and pressed. After cold settling, the clear juice was racked into barrel. Fermentation proceeded more slowly than usual, creating more aromatic fruit characters. This wine also underwent partial malolactic fermentation, which aided texture and increased weight. This wine was bottled in January after 11 months in French oak, of which one third were new.
This wine has an intense pale straw colour. The nose shows struck flint, stone fruits, toasty French oak and malolactic barrel influences. The palate follows the nose, displaying stone fruits, ginger and spice, and tropical fruits over an excellent mealy texture. The wine finishes with vibrant natural acidity.
Our 2009 ‘Chloe’ will be best enjoyed from 2014 – 2018.